The first edition of the Davis Cup Finals brought some of the world's leading players at Caja Magica in November in Madrid, with 18 countries fighting for the title. In the end, Rafael Nadal used the home advantage and led Spain towards the title, beating Argentina in the quarters, Great Britain in the semis and the young Canadian squad in the final to celebrate the crown in front of the home fans.
Novak Djokovic gave his best to keep Serbia in contention but they couldn't pass the quarter-final obstacle, wasting match points against the Russians and missing the opportunity to chase the trophy, something they fixed in January at the ATP Cup.
World no. 1 Novak Djokovic spoke for the official Davis Cup Finals YouTube channel, drawing the perfect player from the Davis Cup Finals event and mentioning the rivals like Rafael Nadal, David Goffin, Nick Kyrgios, Nicolas Mahut, Gael Monfils, Felix Auger-Aliassime, Denis Shapovalov and himself in the return segment.
"I would choose Rafael Nadal's forehand. It has been one of the best forehands of all time, with heavy topspin or flat strokes. He can hit it from every part of the court and it is a consistent weapon that he uses to mount pressure on the opponent and also in the defense, to get back into the point.
As for backhand, I have to go with David Goffin; I like his two-handed backhand very much. He takes the ball very early and hits it flat, something that allows him to dictate the rally. You will not get many errors from his backhand as he possesses natural swing and preparation for the stroke.
He can place it both down the line and crosscourt, making it one of the most excellent strokes in his arsenal. In terms of talent, I pick Felix Auger-Aliassime and Denis Shapovalov, both unique players in their way. They are young and yet to fulfill the expectations.
Their potential is enormous and they have been playing very well, continually improving and with professionalism and dedication. They are also nice guys off the court as well and I believe the bright future is ahead of them.
Speaking about the mental aspect, I choose Rafael Nadal again because he never gives up, keeping the fighting spirit and an attitude that he brings to the court every single time. In the physique segment, Gael Monfils is my answer.
He can do splits, slide and jump. He is very dynamic and energetic, and for me, he is a perfect athlete. Nick Kyrgios is the best server in my opinion; his initial shot is fantastic. His serve motion is very natural and dynamic, also hard to read and powerful, regardless of the surface.
I would have to pick me in the return segment. For the best volley, I have to go with some of the doubles guys, probably Pierre-Hugues Herbert and Nicolas Mahut, especially Mahut; his hands are swift at the net. When we talk about the footwork, it would be a combination between David Goffin, Rafael Nadal, myself, also Felix Auger-Aliassime.
The lightness of feet is often crucial, the ability to change direction and always be in balance for the next shot."